Shows the things that can go wrong when people with little experience or training set off in canoes, rafts, and kayaks. Shows the dangers of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water, flow-through hazards, and unpleasant surprises around the bend. Stresses the need for pre-experience instruction as the best means for preventing accidents. Blue Ribbon winner, American Film Festival
April 20, 2017 Subject:
A Superb Film
The Uncalculated Risk is arguably the finest whitewater safety film ever produced. I write this from a perspective of 40 years - the film was made in 1977. The title alone is brilliant, urging the viewer to think about the distinction between an informed vs uninformed approach.
A good calculated risk is one taken with eyes wide open - with an informed awareness of all the objective and subjective hazards taken into consideration - including a clear-eyed, realistic assessment of the skills required to undertake the activity in a safe and competent manner.
This fifteen minute film is also noteworthy because it pulls no punches in laying out the fastest ways to get yourself killed in whitewater sports. The opening sequence, filmed on the Nantahala River in North Carolina, is a hair-raising depiction of a classic foot entrapment. I showed The Uncalculated Risk to students at the beginning of every flatwater and whitewater canoeing course I taught at Carolina Wilderness Institute, and it never failed to give me goose-bumps. A solid Five Stars, well earned.